Wow, sorry for that prolonged absence. I guess it's been hard to come up with interesting blog fodder after the smorgasbord that was Paris and all it's magnificence on a daily basis. Plus I've been busy with work and other exciting, choir-related duties, the details of which I won't bore you here.
Another thing we were busy with last week was getting Émilie evaluated for private school. She turns 5 in August, and we got the opportunity to send her to a really good private school in the area, that offers a program from kindergarten all the way through high school. She had to be evaluated on Friday morning to see if she was "Academy material" and she completely blew them out of the water. Highest possible score, IQ (for her age group) of 150. We're talking mensa material here, people! Phil and I (and Émilie - she cried when we left) are very excited, and scared and nervous and not-ready-for-my-baby-to-be-starting-school-but-it's-not-for-another-seven-months-so-why-worry-about-it-now.
I haven't been willing to give up my knitting time (it's my only stress-reliever at present, and I don't want to give the poor hamster in my brain a coronary), so I've been skipping my workouts and getting things (paperwork mostly) done on my lunch break. I miss it, I hope I get to go back on tomorrow or Thursday at the latest.
First off, may I present an official, honest-to-goodness PAIR of Miscellaneous-Man Socks, take 2! Give it UP, y'all!
Knit with Schachenmayr nomotta Regia Design Line Kaffe Fassett in the Landscape Fog colourway, using 2.5 mm needles. I started these suckers back in October 2008 (in the car, taking a breather from the yarn fumes at Rhinebeck, actually!), but lost the first one upon completing the second sock. I ordered another skein and finished these up a few nights ago. They're mostly matchy, except for the tip of the toe.
I'm still very happy with them, I'm sure they'll make some man very happy (miscellaneous-man socks). I've got a few more socks worth of this yarn in other colourways I'm looking forward to using. As a matter of fact, I'm starting to get antsy from not having any socks on the needles... Hmmm...
The reason I haven't got any socks of course is that I'm test-knitting my friend Stéphanie's Starcap pattern (already 5 projects on Ravelry!) and that's been my metro knitting lately. Slow and steady. Want to see? Look! It's a creamy blob 'o merino!
I also cast on for a Noro Striped Scarf for my BIL on Sunday night. So addictive... If I'm not careful, I'll find myself bleary-eyed and muttering "one... more.... stripe" at 2 AM every night. And dudes? I feel like Jared.
Okay, maybe not... But there's just no way to photograph this project wrong! Just.. look at it!
Knit with Noro Silk Garden in colours 8 and 241. I hope he likes it. No wait, I hope he HATES it! Then I get to keep it :)
Happy Knitting Everyone!
ps: For those of you whom I've enabled into reading the Twilight series, check this out. Thanks to Caroline for letting me know about this! :)